Saturday, July 4, 2015


We're off to the farm and wish everyone here in the United States a wonderfully happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2015


Hope you are having a good week.  We are blessed with a three day weekend so it's off to the farm for, hopefully, a rain-free day or two or three.  If I can get things edged and maybe mow again, I'll feel ahead of the game.  

In the meantime, thought I'd share this.

We can only assume that this is one of our ladies, since this flower is about fifty feet from the beehives.  I was very happy to capture this picture. 

The flower doesn't dream of the bee, 
it blossoms and the bee comes...
                                                   - Mark Nepo

Thursday, July 2, 2015


You know we've been in love with the idea of outdoor dining (though so far this season, that would have been impossible, ha).  Anyway, I think what drew us to this image were, believe it or not, the birdcages hanging from the tree.  We could easily do something like this in "Barnabas".  Spray painted in various colors, it would be a nice accent, one that could be left hanging year round.  We've even thought that perhaps they could be used as a hanging holder for large candles of some sort.  

Funny thing, about two months ago, I was in a thrift store and someone had dropped off 5 or 6 wire birdcages just like these.  I remember thinking "I wonder what those could be used for?" but didn't get them.  D'oh!  

Sometimes we just need a jump start on inspiration...which is why I post these every Thursday, ha. 

Be inspired!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


I swear we're not sure if we should just give up on all outdoor activities for the rest of the year or what.  

As I type this, we've had almost 4 inches of rain in about 2 hours.  Flooding is occurring all over town, and the storms are virtually stationary so the water is just continuing to come down.

We're not positive, but this just might have to be the next project for the farm...

Sigh...will write when I can as power is flickering on and off.


A few months back, we cleaned out one of the storage units that had my parents stuff in.  One of the things we reclaimed was this chair.  When my Grandmother passed, I went up with my Mom to help her go through things.  This was one of the things that she wanted.  This was my Grandmother's chair, she sat in it all the time.  She had back problems in her later years and she liked sitting in a straight back chair and this one was her most comfortable chair.

So, we brought it back to Houston and my mom kept it at her apartment.  After my mom passed, I put it in storage with everything else and it ended up there for a few years.  We have it out now and found where it's going to go at the farm.  We needed a chair in the bedroom as a place to sit and put on shoes, relax a bit, etc, so we put it in this corner.

It was the perfect spot!

Old chair project
Now I will have a project (perhaps later this Summer when it's too hot to do anything else outside) to repaint, refinish, etc.  First, we have to figure out a color scheme.  The master bedroom is shades of blue and white with black.  I was thinking of something like a base color of dark blue and then maybe using the various detail parts of wood as accents.  Or maybe vice-versa, white base with blues and black as accents.  I've seen some really cool painted chairs online where people do things like paint each spindle section a different color (or match the colors to an opposite piece).  Or maybe a whimsical design?  I'll need to sand and do all that fun stuff first, then I can paint and lastly, maybe a nice coordinating cushion on the seat.

MID DAY UPDATE:  After reading comments, you all have inspired me, I think I just might sand it to clean it up a bit and leave it as is, instead of changing it too much.  Still might get a cushion though, the kind that tie on.  That could add something new without being permanent.

Anyone ever done a project like this or have suggestions?

Monday, June 29, 2015


After Friday night's fortune saying I'd have a four wheeled adventure, it certainly was, more so than before.  I don't have pictures because it was either something happening too fast to capture or too gruesome to show.  

Instead, I'll post some flower pictures taken after I was done mowing

As I was mowing, there were creatures everywhere.  Frogs of all sizes hopping all over the place.  I'm guess the weeks of rain and standing water has brought them out in full force.  I tried to avoid them whenever possible.

Then there were bunnies.  EVERYWHERE.  Not sure if it's bunny mating season or what but they were all over, big, little and in between.  They would dart out from tall grass and hop away at a high rate of speed.

Then there were birds.  They followed the mower and were loving the freshly mowed grass and all the bugs/seed I presume it turned up.


...and clouds of dragonflies too.  

Then the bad part of the adventure:  

I ran over a snake in the tall grass.  It was a rat snake, about two feet long.  It was mortally injured, and could not move, as much as it tried.  It was suffering and I couldn't let it continue like that.  I went back to the house, got the machete and took care of things swiftly and as humanely as possible.  

The whole circle of life moment.  It was DEFINITELY an adventure like I've never had before.

Now maybe I should play those lotto numbers on the back of the fortune!

Sunday, June 28, 2015


 I beat the rain!  Below is the radar image from last night after a few hours of rain at the farm.  The rain started about 2 hours after I left for the day.  

Side note, having smart phones so we can watch live, real time weather radar is a pretty amazing thing...

I woke up and got to the farm by 7:45am.  It was damp from morning dew but I went ahead and started so I could beat the rain.  I mowed the driveway first so I could get the car out if it was raining hard.

Then I mowed the front and back yard.  I set the mower to mow very short.  Until the weekly monsoon rains level off, we want it to be short so that if we have to wait a couple (or three) weeks to mow, it won't be very bad. 

Lots of space to mow, but I was in the zone, and enjoying my four wheeled adventure as the Friday night fortune suggested, ha. Had to leave the cut grass down, though our mower has an extra blade to mulch the grass so that helps.

Got most of the trails mowed, which we like to keep mowed because that is the space we can use for walking around, exploring and planning.  I didn't get to edge, but that's easy, mowing everything else is most important.

Here is the radar image from this morning, so you can see from the first radar image to this one, it rained, on and off, all night.  No farm visit today, even when the rain stops, it will again be too wet out there.  

More updates later, I did experience something new (and not so good) but we have some errands to run!

Saturday, June 27, 2015


WELL guess what's in the forecast for today and tomorrow?


So last night, we went out to eat Chinese food.  Here is my fortune:

This morning, here is the radar image for Texas:

All those storms are coming this way.  I HAVE to mow or I don't know what we'll do.  So it's off to the farm, in a race against time, to make the fortune cookie come true...have an adventure on my four wheeled zen machine.   

Fingers crossed!

Will respond to comments of the last few days when I'm stuck inside this weekend once the rains come.